President Obama eyes super PAC showdown

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National Democrats are banking on a long-shot strategy to shield President Barack Obama from an expected onslaught of outside GOP spending in the 2012 election: nuking the messengers.

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Obama campaign has long warned that it would face attacks from heavily
funded Republican super PACs and other groups that can take unlimited
contributions. Now, as several of those groups begin launching
television blitzes, the task of defending Obama from their offensive has gained new urgency.

A string of conservative groups — including Americans
for Prosperity, the American Future Fund and the American Energy
Alliance — have already assailed Obama on the swing-state airwaves with
millions of dollars in negative ads. American Crossroads President
Steven Law signaled in a New York Times interview that his behemoth
organization might begin bombarding the president within the month.

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